Palace has not received resignation of former Pres. Ramos – Andanar

MANILA – Presidential Communications Office (PCO) Secretary Martin Andanar on Monday said Malacanang has not yet received former President Fidel V. Ramos’ resignation as special envoy to China.

”We have not received PFVR’s resignation,” Andanar said in a press statement.

Andanar also denied speculations that Ramos has no longer any role in the Duterte administration’s engagement with China on the issue of the South China Sea.

”His stature and expertise are needed now, more than ever, to follow up and bike on what President Duterte accomplished during his recent visit to China,” Andanar said.

During his recent visit to China, President Rodrigo Duterte did not discuss the Permanent Court of Arbitration’s judgment but has instead agreed that bilateral talks should settle the South China Sea or West Philippine Sea dispute.

Ramos on Monday reportedly confirmed his resignation after President Duterte’s fruitful state visit in China from Oct. 18 to 21.

The country’s former leader, one of the big personalities who convinced Duterte to run in the last May 9 elections, was appointed as special envoy to China following the PCA’s ruling in favor of the Philippines’ arbitration case against China.

The Hague-based arbitral tribunal’s decision invalidated China’s claims to almost all of the South China Sea using a 9-dash line map.

Recently, Ramos gave “brotherly advices” to Duterte particularly on the President’s refusal to ratify the Paris Agreement on Climate Chane.

Ramos said President Duterte should ratify the Paris deal which mandates countries to make commitment to reduce their carbon emissions by 2030.

President Duterte is against the ratification of the Paris agreement, saying the deal would prevent developing nations like the Philippines to achieve its economic goals including industrialization.

”We appreciate former President Fidel V. Ramos’ advice. We will be guided by the wisdom of former President,” Andanar said. Jelly Musico/